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Question

For Allah to create something, all that He has to do is say “Be” and it is. So why did He take six days to create the heavens and the Earth?

Answered by

Sheikh `Abd Allah b. Bayyah, professor at `Abd al-`Azîz University in Jeddah
It behooves us to begin our answer to this question by quoting Allah’s words: “He cannot be questioned for His acts, but they will be questioned (for theirs).” [Sûrah al-Anbiyâ’: 23]

Allah’s wisdom is vast and precise. We can be certain that everything He does is for some great wisdom. However, we can at best hope to ascertain a small fraction of this wisdom.

Allah instructs His creatures through His actions. He teaches us how matters are brought about in His creation by degree. He teaches us how created things come into existence by evolving gradually and by passing through different stages.

This is what we see throughout creation. We see it when we look at Allah’s creation of a new human life. The new human being grows and develops, becomes a child, then a man, then is ultimately beset with old age. The universe, on a grander scale, is the same. This is but one possible aspect of the wisdom behind Allah’s creation of the heavens and the Earth in six days.

And Allah knows best.